Local Austin organizations joined together to help Hurricane Matthew victims in North Carolina deal with one of the most harrowing effects of the ordeal: limited drinking water.
The Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), Titos's Handmade Vodka, and C3 Presents collected extra drinking water left over from 2016's Austin City Limits Music Festival to provide for the people in Lumberton, N.C.
Organizers said Saturday, Oct. 15, two eighteen wheelers headed from Central Texas to deliver the water and other basic supplies like toiletries, clothing and other necessities donated by Austinites.
“Austinites understand the physical, spiritual and emotional impact of disaster after facing four disasters in the last year and a half, including two historic disasters,” said Daniel Geraci, Executive Director of Austin Disaster Relief Network, a network of more than 175 greater Austin churches.
According to a press release, C3 Presents, Austin City Limits Music Festival Organizer, donated the water while Tito's Handmade Vodka funded the trucks. ADRN coordinated the logistics and interactions with Lumberton City management.
After Hurricane Matthew moved through the east coast, 17 people were killed including five people in North Carolina, according to the Associated Press.